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Discard Methodology Review

In 2010, we developed a new methodology to estimate discards based on observer information. During November 2016, the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO) hosted a review the methodology to consider modifications based on concerns raised by fishermen, stakeholders, and our staff.

The Center for Independent Experts (CIE) obtained the services of two scientists who conducted the independent peer review:

Peer Review Reports and GARFO Responses

Background Information

How to Participate

You are welcome to attend any of these meetings in person, online via Webex, or conference call.

Webinar: Cumulative Discard Methodology
October 31, 2016, 1- 4 PM
55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester MA

 

Peer Review Workshop
November 7-9, 2016, 9 AM - 4 PM
55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester MA

November 7 November 8 November 9
  • Introductions and review of meeting expectations
  • Review of the current cumulative method
  • Discussion of pros and cons of the current cumulative method
  • Review of the modeling techniques developed to simulate in-season behavior with archived data
  • Summary of the variability of the current in-season discard estimation and discussion of alternative applications of the cumulative method for several fisheries
  • Morning discussion
    • Atlantic sea scallop
      catch cap monitoring
    • Longfin squid fishery and butterfish discards
    • Catch cap monitoring in the Atlantic herring and Atlantic mackerel fisheries
  • Afternoon discussion
    • Northeast groundfish in-season discards
  • The peer reviewers will begin to develop their findings, and will have an opportunity for further discussion of specific points with the analysts. 
  • The public may attend, but only as observers. There will be no webinar connection for this session, but you may attend in person or via the conference line.

Webex Link
Event number: 669 815 065
Event password: Meeting123
Conference Line: 866-708-9484
Participant Code: 2946980

Webex Link
Event number: 668 528 626
Event password: Meeting123
Conference Line: 866-708-9484
Participant Code: 2946980

Conference Line: 866-708-9484
Participant Code: 2946980